Sounds from the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Throughout history, music has been a tool for rebellion, revolution and political change. In this magazine, the WIB team aims to remember the way in which music has been influential in political movements and protest. We would like people to find out more about the history of famous songs and their impact.

Korea Blues- J.B. Lenoir

J.B Lenoir was one of the protagonists of the Chicago blues scene of the 50s and 60s. His zebra patterned suit, and high-pitched voice could be …

Music

Reagan – Killer Mike

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the …

People have the power – Patti Smith

<b>People have the power</b>, is probably one of the most famous and powerful protest songs of all time. It was written by Patti Smith and her late husband, …

Linaje Originarios- Condor Pasa

Emberà is a language that is spoken by approximately 80,000 people. It is an indigenous language of Colombia and Panama and like many indigenous …

The sound of resistance under Trump

Since the announcement of Donald Trump’s candidature, the music panorama has produced an unprecedented wave of protest songs in the US.<p>What makes …

Be aware brother, be aware sister - Rokia Traoré

According to William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the number of migrants that arrived in …

Spirituality

Jim Crow and the blues

<i>“Come listen all you galls and boys,<br>I’m going to sing a little song,<br>My name is Jim Crow.<br>Weel about and turn about and do jis so,<br>Eb’ry time I weel</i> …

American History

The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

“<b>The Beautiful People</b>” is a song by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released as the lead single from the band’s second studio album,</i> …

Politik Kills - Manu Chao

José Manuel Arturo Tomás Chao Ortega, known as singer and songwriter Manu Chao, was born in France in 1961 from Spanish parents who were forced to …

Music

First We Take Manhattan - Leonard Cohen

This has been an incredibly tough week. Donald Trump’s winning of the US elections against Hilary Clinton has been a shock for the whole world, and …

Sheep | Animals – Pink Floyd

Today is the third and last episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to <b>Animals.</b><p>Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable <i>Animal</i> …

Sheep

Pigs (Three Different Ones) | Animals – Pink Floyd

Today is the second episode of our Sounds from the Bucket series dedicated to <b>Animals.</b><p>Loosely based on George Orwell‘s political fable <i>Animal Farm</i>, the …

Pink Floyd

Dogs | Animals – Pink Floyd

<i>Animals</i> is the tenth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 23 January 1977.<p>It is a concept album that provides a scathing …

Pink Floyd

One Day - Matisyahu

The song <i>“One Day”</i> was first released as a single in 2008 by American-Jewish artist Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller), known for his reggae and …

Mindfulness

Know Your Rights- The Clash

A mockery of society – in typical punk rock style- ‘<i>Know Your Rights’</i> by English punk rock band The Clash truly speaks for itself. Released as the …

Rock & Roll

Boom! - System of a Down

At a time where war is very much a reality and part of the daily experiences of millions of people in different parts of the world, the song <i>Boom!</i> is …

Equality

As Long as the Grass Shall Grow – Johnny Cash

<b>As Long as the Grass Shall Grow</b> is a song by Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music …

Mississippi Goddam- Nina Simone

The name of this tune is Mississippi Goddam<br>And I mean every word of itAlabama’s gotten me so upset<br>Tennessee made me lose my rest<br>And everybody knows …

Glad to be Gay - Tom Robinson Band

Originally written by Tom Robinson for the London Gay Pride parade in 1976, <i>Glad to Be Gay</i> has become a LGBT anthem in the UK. The song was a sharp …

LGBTQ

I’m the Slime – Frank Zappa

<b>I’m the Slime</b> is a 1973 single by Frank Zappa and The Mothers from the album <i>Over-Nite Sensation</i>.<p>For the recording of this song (and most of the</i> …

Music

There were tears - Imany

“There were tears”, a song by French singer Imany, is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and it was written shortly after his death. It’s a conversation …

Music

Madman’s Rant – David Rudder

The Caribbean is well-known for its infectious music. Whether it’s the vibrant clinking of a bottle and spoon, the dramatic beat of the tassa drum, …

Trinidad and Tobago

Mona Ki Ngi Xica – Bonga

‘Mona Ki Ngi Xica’ is part of Angolan artist Bonga’s album <i>Angola 72</i>, one of the most powerful and influential protest albums ever recorded. The album …

Africa

Race – Prince

Considered one of the best and most versatile artists of all time, Prince definitely left a huge hole in the music industry when he passed away last …

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

<b>Father and Son</b> is a popular song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam, after his conversion to …

Autism

I Wonder – Sixto Rodriguez

Thinking about successful attempts by human beings that may influence or change the lives of others for the better, there is no secret recipe. The …

We Will Not Go - Virunga OST

<i>We Will Not Go</i> <b></b>is a song by American composer, producer, singer, songwriter and social activist Josh Ralph, known professionally as J. Ralph. It was …

Bienvenidx – Mare Avertencia Lirika

Mare Avertencia Lirika is a Zapotec hip-hop artist from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico who is redefining Rap, a genre that for some is associated with …

Mexico

In the Ghetto – Elvis Presley

The story behind the meaningful song “<i>In the Ghetto”</i> comes from the childhood of its writer Mac Davis, an American country music singer and …

Music